Buy low, donate high schemes are trouble for everyone

In what appears to be a first for the Tax Court of Canada, a costs award has been levied against a non-party promoter of a charitable donations scheme.

Six Tips for Running a Charity

Directors and trustees of charities are responsible for the activities undertaken by the charity and can be held legally accountable for their decisions.

I have just graduated as a professional in a health related field and will be starting my own business. What are the advantages of becoming a professional corporation?

As a result of changes to legislation in 2002, regulated health professionals such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists, physicians, dentists and registered massage therapists are permitted to incorporate for the purpose of practising under a professional corporation.

Can I claim support from an estate?

Ontario’s Succession Law Reform Act provides that a “dependent” can claim support from an Estate.

I am going on holiday and will be renting a car. Do I need rental car insurance?

There is nothing worse than getting off a long flight and finding yourself at the rental car counter having to focus your jet-lagged mind on whether you need all the ad-ons the salesperson is trying to offer you.

We are going to renovate our home. What steps can we take to find a contractor to complete our project 'without any surprises'?

Selecting a good reputable contactor will be the most important decision you make. You should seek a number of quotes for the work to be performed.

I was injured in a car accident and I need treatment. I have an automobile policy and extended health benefits through work. I have been told I have to use my work benefits first. Is this true?

The law governing accident benefits in Ontario requires you to exhaust any other available insurance prior to accessing the benefits available to you from your auto insurer (statutory accident benefits).

I'm paid a salary. Am I entitled to overtime pay?

Even as a salaried employee, you are likely among the majority of employees, who are entitled to overtime pay if they have more than a 44 hour work week.   These minimum standards are provided to most employees under Ontario’s Employment Standards Act (the “ESA”).   

I'm fed up with my employer. Do I get any money if I just quit?

Normally, you get nothing if you quit your job – except wages (broadly defined) and vacation pay you have earned up to your last day.  

I was riding my bicycle on a City street when I was hit by a car. I do not have automobile insurance. Can I receive compensation?

During the summer months, I receive many calls from cyclists who have been struck by automobiles while cycling on City roads.  Many of these individuals use a bicycle as their primary mode of transportation and therefore, do not own cars and do not have automobile insurance.